The governors of the Federalist Alliance said that, if the 182 billion pesos cut for the states in the Federation’s Expenditure Budget takes place, they will analyze the option of leaving the Fiscal Pact.
This would mean that each entity collects and spends its own taxes in 2021 and would have to be approved by local Congresses, since the Fiscal Coordination Law is not supported by any article of the Constitution.
In a meeting with the Political Coordination Board of the Chamber of Deputies, the governors of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme (PRI); from Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca (PAN), and from Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles (PRD), said that they hope to be heard and reach an agreement with federal deputies in view of the approval of the Federation’s Expenditure Budget for the 2021.
“They are options that you have, they are legal options that you have. It must be taken into account that the Fiscal Coordination Law does not have a constitutional basis and there is always the option that the Congresses, which are the ones with the power, are who determine if a state leaves the Fiscal Pact. That is one of the options that we have and of course we are going to have to assess all the scenarios “, commented García Cabeza de Vaca.
In a document delivered to the Political Coordination Board, the governors asked to compensate the Expense Budget for 182 billion pesos, because if approved as proposed by the Executive Power, there would be a cut in health (75 billion), salaries (6 thousand 557 million), participations to entities and municipalities (62 thousand 401 million), contributions for entities (8 thousand 802 million) and agreements (30 thousand 171 million pesos).
The governor of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme, affirmed that they represent the 10 governors of the Federalist Alliance and their presence in San Lázaro was to ask for a responsible budget, as well as to show the consequences that the pandemic will have in the states in 2021, if it continues and the states continue to provide the resources that they have provided so far.
“The truth is that they will be able to win the vote, but never the discussion with society and, above all, what will happen in each entity and what consequences will we have if we do not approve the Budget at least like that of the immediately previous year , the one that we are exercising and that in itself was a sacrificed budget, “said Miguel Ángel Riquelme.
In this context, the governor of Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles (PRD), demanded that an adjustment be made to the priority programs of the Federal government, “an adjustment could well be made, we are talking about the Mayan Train, we are talking about two Bocas, the Airport that today for Today are not the important issues. Today what matters most is taking care of health and saving lives, among others. “
“We would have to stop doing many things (…) But what is going to enter a major crisis are the municipalities, by themselves, they do not have the resources to function, with the cut, forget it, impossible. The municipalities themselves are already many are bankrupt and the states are also going down the same path, the result of a centralist scheme and a discretionary management of public finances, “said the PRD governor.
Regarding the insistent call that they have made to the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador to meet and discuss the distribution of resources, Silvano Aureoles said that they have not insulted the president, as he has insulted them and others.
“He told Fox: ‘Shut up, chachalaca’; that he called President Calderón, ‘Commander Borolas’; and to those of the Peña government he said: ‘Señoritingos’. We have never offended him nor have we ever disrespected him, That is a pretext for not receiving us just, that of the presidential inauguration, with great respect, is not an argument for not receiving us. “